REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS

Gender Justice uses law and policy tools to work toward reproductive rights, autonomy, and freedom for all. 

In May 2019 we, alongside a community of advocates, health care providers, lawyers, and citizens launched the UnRestrict Minnesota educational campaign that supports Minnesotans’ rights to make their own decisions about whether or when to be a parent, and educate our community about the laws restricting abortion access and care.

As the current political environment around access to abortion becomes more intense, Minnesotans have the right to know the current laws, their rights, and their freedoms under our state’s constitution.

The Minnesota Constitution protects our right to have an abortion and the decision to have one. But most Minnesotans are not aware of how their rights are currently restricted and what access to abortion care looks like in our state. Since 1995, lawmakers in Minnesota have proposed nearly 400 new laws restricting abortion access, intimidating providers, misleading patients, and increasing costs. Deciding whether or when to become a parent is about freedom and control over our lives at our most basic level: our bodies, our families, our life’s path. Minnesotans respect each other’s rights, freedoms, and the independence to make our own decisions without the state government or strangers trying to sway us one way or the other.

Learn more at unrestrictmn.org.

In 2017 we, along with our coalition partners, launched Minnesotans for Trust, Respect, Access, a campaign to ensure access to reproductive health care for all Minnesotans without harassment, shame, or intimidation. As part of the campaign we are promoting four pieces of legislation: 

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  • The Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage and Protect Access to Contraception Acts

  • The Protect Physician's Integrity Act

  • The Minnesota Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act

Visit www.mn4access.org to learn more about the campaign and sign the pledge to Trust Women, Respect Doctors, and Protect Access.

We are also a local partner fighting to protect co-pay free birth control with the Keep Birth Control Copay Free campaign! Right now 62.4 million people in the U.S. are able to get birth control without any out-of-pocket costs. We know that when we have access to affordable birth control we have the ability to pursue our dreams and make important decisions without fear.

Currently the Trump Administration is working to end copay free contraceptive coverage. You can help resist this rollback by sharing your story. Click here to tell us how copay free birth control has helped you.

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We also joined All Above All for Capitol Hill Day in 2015 to urge policymakers to #BeBoldEndHyde. Check out our photos: 

More resources and information:

Reproductive Rights in Minnesota     All Above All

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